Marcus Smart sticks up for teammate Kyrie Irving following series loss to Bucks
A lot of the blame for the Boston Celtics’ lacklustre effort in their second round series against the Milwaukee is being directed towards none other than Kyrie Irving.
From demanding a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers a few seasons ago so he can lead his own team, and basically guaranteeing that he and his Celtics teammates will take their game to another level come playoff time, Irving’s was simply unable to put his money where his mouth is against the Bucks.
During the series, which lasted only five games, the All-Star averaged just 20.4 points, accumulated a plus/minus of -37, and shot just 30.1% from the floor (25 for 83) in the team’s four losses.
While the media has been relentlessly attacking him, his Celtics teammate Marcus Smart has decided to take a stand against the hate and defend the criticism being directed towards him.
“We just couldn’t find a way to do it. It’s nobody’s fault. It happens…It’s four other guys out there, 13 other guys on the team. Coaches and everything. To just blame it on one guy is bullshit.” said Smart.
He also called out those that claimed he messed up with the Celtics’ chemistry.
“He was forced into a situation where it was business over the friendships. He had to come into a situation knowing this is a group of guys that had something going before [he came] here. ‘How will I fit in?’ He didn’t want to disrupt that. That says a lot. This is Kyrie Irving we’re talking about it, and he’s worried about coming in and disrupting us. We took him in with full arms. We tried to understand. But like I said, we never really understood because we’re not in his shoes. That’s just a bulls- statement to say his leadership skills killed us.”
Jimmy Butler has chance to send Heat to Finals, can’t deliver after clanking wide open three off front of rim
The Miami Heat were so close to competing the comeback and heading off the NBA Finals.
They were down by two and had possession with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Instead of managing the clock and waiting as long as possible to get a shot off, Butler tried to take advantage of having a wide open shot and fired off a transition three with no defenders around him with still 17 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Heat, Butler simply didn’t get enough lift into the shot and clanked it off the front of the rim.
By the end of it all, Celtics won by four and find themselves off to the next round while the Heat are forced to reminisce over what went wrong.
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Raptors forward Pascal Siakam selected to All-NBA third team
Pascal Siakam accomplished something that not a lot of players that failed to make the All-Star team can do.
The Toronto Raptors forward was officially selected to the 2022 edition of the All-NBA third team after receiving 42 third-team votes and seven second-team votes.
The 28-year old played exceptional on both ends of the floor, and bounced back after a rough pandemic-shortened campaign in Tampa Bay. He averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists through 68 games in 2021/22.
Siakam is just the third player in franchise history to receive the honour (Vince Carter, DeMar DeRozan). It marks the second time in his career he was selected to an All-NBA team. He was previously selected to an All-NBA second team after an impressive All-Star season in 2019/2020.
Award-winning rapper J. Cole will be playing basketball in Canada this summer
J-Cole wants to prove to everybody that he is more than just a rapper. He is also an aspiring basketball player and will get to play professionally north of the border.
The Grammy-winning artist has reportedly signed a contract to play for Canadian basketball team Scarborough Shooting Stars of the
Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).
The 37-year old previously played basketball in Africa last May with
Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League, but left after just three games due to “family obligations”.
The Shooting Stars will open their season against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.